Recent Works on Paper by Gerson Leiber

May 28 – September 4, 2011

OPENING MAY 28, 2011:

The Leiber Collection is pleased to announce the Summer 2011 exhibition, DRAWINGS DRAWINGS DRAWINGS, featuring recent works on paper by Gerson Leiber, opening May 28, 2011

The exhibition will present over two hundred drawings dated from 2009 – 2011. According to art critic Phyllis Braff, “Graphic practices have always had a role in Leiber’s seven-decade career, yet his current dedication to the potential of the direct mark presents a new phase and a different kind of exploration.  An artist who understands the art of his era, Leiber builds on the optical velocities and gestural immediacies of abstract expressionism.”

In the exhibition’s catalog essay, author Braff goes on to say, “An edginess associated with experiment runs through this entire drawing collection.  Everything starts with the charcoal mark, although Leiber has been very productively exploring expansions with color, primarily using oil-sticks and colored pencils.  Experimentation is fueled by the artist’s background in developing expressive qualities of black when he was concentrating on engraving and etching, and also by his long involvement with vivid, high-impact paintings.”

Born in Brooklyn in 1921, Gerson Leiber took classes at the Royal Academy of Art in Budapest where he was stationed in World War II. After the war, he studied at the Art Students League, and later at the Brooklyn Museum’s art school. Leiber has exhibited his paintings, prints and sculpture widely and his work is included in major museums collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, The Boston and Philadelphia Museums, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and local collections including Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY, where a retrospective of his work was held in 2003.

In 2005, Gerson and Judith Leiber built The Leiber Collection to house their works of art and to chronicle their careers. Past exhibitions have featured the Leibers’ personal collection of Antique Chinese Porcelains and Rare Japanese Prints, as well as works by Willl Barnet and Gerson Leiber. An ongoing display of Judith Leiber’s renowned handbags is permanently on view.

The Leiber Collection is located at 446 Old Stone Highway in East Hampton and is open to the public free of charge, from Memorial Day through Labor Day on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm to 4pm.

For more information, please visit our website, www.leibercollection.org, or contact: Jess Frost, Collection Manager, at (631) 329 3288 / info@leibercollection.org


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